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Christian websites have reported Sheikh Abdulaziz, one of the most influential religious leaders in the Muslim world, issued the fatwa last week in response to a Kuwaiti lawmaker who asked if Kuwait could ban church construction in Kuwait.
Citing Arab-language media reports, they (christian websites*) say the sheikh ruled that further church building should be banned and existing Christian houses of worship should be destroyed.
*underlining and bolded note by Pthena
Saudi Arabia and Austria defend plan for interfaith dialogue centre in Vienna
By Sylvia Westall OCTOBER 14, 2011
Saudi Arabia has defended its plan to fund a religious dialogue centre in Vienna saying Judaism and other faiths would be represented and that it would be free from political interference. Critics of the centre say Saudi Arabia’s austere version of Sunni Islam means it is an unsuitable country to promote religious debate. Saudi Arabia does not allow other faiths to have places of worship in the kingdom and its Muslims are forbidden from converting to other religions on pain of death.
Originally posted by Laserjock
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
I have been trying to find the original sources with no luck. I hope the OP can help me out here.
I dont know what you consider credible, but this article above seems to explain what is going on.
I see people in the Muslim world, or at least the more radical talking heads, always claim that the west is trying to destroy Islam. Well, when was the last time you heard any Christian leader in the US make some claim that we should destroy all Islamic houses of worship? Fact is they are intolerant of any other religion...you are at danger of practicing your non-Islamic religion IN YOUR OWN HOME over there.
You may not believe in any religion or care for them...but anyone that finds ANY empathy with this point of view is pathetic. To think that it is ever acceptable to persecute another person based solely on their religous conviction, even if atheistic, to me is wholly against acceptable human rights.
I have my beliefs and I don't force those on anyone....but there is no excuse for allowing the constant persecution of non-Islamic religions while painting that religion as some big victim.